Everything You Need to Know to

Brew Great
Beer Every Time

Completely revised and updated, How To Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time by John Palmer is the definitive guide to making quality beers at home.

Whether you want simple, surefire instructions for making your first beer, or you’re a seasoned homebrewer working with all-grain batches, this book has something for you. Palmer adeptly covers the full range of brewing possibilities―accurately, clearly and simply.

From ingredients and methods to recipes and equipment for brewing beer at home, How to Brew is loaded with valuable information on brewing techniques and recipe formulation.

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Table of Contents

  • Brewing Your First Batch of Beer
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Malt and Malt Extract
  • Brewing with Beer Kits and Extracts
  • Hops
  • Yeast and Fermentation
  • Yeast Management
  • Water for Extract Brewing
  • Brewing with a Full-Volume Boil
  • Priming, Bottling, and Kegging
  • How to Brew Lager Beer
  • Brewing Strong Beers
  • Brewing with Fruits, Vegetables, and Spices
  • Brewing Sour Beers
  • Understanding Malted Barley and Adjuncts
  • How the Mash Works
  • The Methods of Mashing
  • Extraction and Yield: Or What to Expect from Your Mash
  • Getting the Wort Out (Lautering)
  • Brewing Your First All-Grain Batch
  • Residual Alkalinity, Malt Acidity, and Mash pH
  • Adjusting Water for Style: Famous Brewing Waters and Their Beers
  • Some of My Favorite Beer Styles and Recipes
  • Developing Your Own Recipes
  • Is My Beer Ruined?
  • Appendices (A-I)
  • Bibliography
  • Index

What’s New in the Fourth Edition?

The completely revised and updated edition of How to Brew includes:

More emphasis on the top five priorities: sanitation, fermentation temperature control, proper yeast management, the boil and the recipe

Five NEW CHAPTERS covering brewing, strong beers, fruit beers, sour beers, adjusting water for style

All other chapters revised and expanded: new charts, graphs, equations and visuals; expanded information on using beer kits; expanded tables of recommended times and temperatures for single-infusion, multiple-step, and decoction mashing; complete revision of infusion and decoction equations; and updated information on yeast: pitching, starters, growth factors and maturation cycle

What People are Saying

Owning How to Brew is like having a brewmaster as your best friend. In the 30-plus years since the American craft beer revolution got its start, countless brewing books have appeared. None, however, has achieved the status of How to Brew, which is thorough, comprehensive, and beautifully organized. And now, this new expanded and enhanced edition improves on the original. It’s a considerable feat to create a book that is invaluable both to first-time brewers and professional brewmasters, but John has done it with a book that is essential for everyone who is serious about brewing.

Jim Koch
Founder & Brewer of Samuel Adams

About the Author

John Palmer

How to Brew author John Palmer was born and raised in Midland, Michigan. He is author of the bestseller How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time, co-author of both Brewing Classic Styles and Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers.

A passion for science and a desire to work in the space program led John to Michigan Tech where he graduated with a degree in metallurgical engineering. A lucky break gave him the opportunity to apply for a metallurgical position at a failure analysis lab in Irvine, California, and he has been living in the LA area ever since. During this time he has helped design, build, and inspect hardware that is currently flying on the International Space Station, worked in research and development of orthodontic appliances, and written three popular books on the brewing of beer.

Additional Info

How to Brew book cover

Quantity discounts are available to qualified wholesalers. Email info@brewersassociation.org for more information.

  • Author: John Palmer
  • Pages: 608
  • Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1938469350, 1938469356